2014 - 2015 Pioneers in Biomedical Research Program

The VTCRI Pioneers in Biomedical Research Program offers the expertise of a range of scientists who are exploring frontiers in biomedical research. Held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Room R3012 of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, these seminars are open to Virginia Tech faculty, students, and staff; Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine faculty, students, and staff; and Carilion Clinic faculty, staff, and trainees.

Brain Tumors: A “Neurocentric” Look at Cancer

Event was held August 29, 2014 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Harald Sontheimer, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology, Cell Biology, Physiology, and Neurology, Director, Civitan International Research Center and Director, Center for Glial Biology In Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Molecular Toolkit of Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers

Event was held September 12, 2014 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Erica Ollmann Saphire, PhD

Professor, Department of Immunology and Microbial Science, The Scripps Institute, San Diego, California

A View of Cortex from the Thalamus

Event was held September 26, 2014 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

S. Murray Sherman, PhD

Professor and Chairman of Neurobiology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Synapses, Muscular Dystrophy, and Brain Disorders

Event was held October 3, 2014 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Lin Mei, MD, PhD

Director of Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics, Professor of Neurology, Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia

High-Throughput Self-Interaction Chromatography: Applications to Protein Solubility and Stability

Event was held October 10, 2014 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Larry DeLucas, OD, PhD

Director, Center for Biophysical Sciences and Engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama

Deciphering the Mechanisms of Actin Filament Architecture in Striated Muscle

Event was held November 14, 2014 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Carol Gregorio, PhD

Director of the Molecular Cardiovascular Research Program, Head of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Co-Director of the Sarver Heart Center, Luxford/Schoolcraft Endowed Professor of Cardiovascular Disease Research, University of Arizona School of Medicine, Phoenix, Arizona

Unraveling the Pathogenesis of Respiratory and Enteric Viruses in Normal and High-Risk Populations

Event was held December 5, 2014 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Stacey Schultz-Cherry, PhD

Faculty Member and Associate, St. Jude's Children's Hospital; Deputy Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Studies of the Ecology of Influenza in Animals and Birds; Memphis, Tennessee

Imaging Mammalian Heart and Vessel Development: Insights into Vascular Remodeling and Congenital Heart Disease

Event was held December 12, 2014 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Mary Dickinson, PhD

Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Marijuana Intoxication, Withdrawal and Relapse: Human Laboratory Studies

Event was held April 17, 2015 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Margaret Haney, PhD

Professor of Clinical Neurobiology in Psychiatry, Associate Director of the Substance Use Research Center, Columbia University Medical Center, Director of the Marijuana Research Laboratory, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York

Novel Roles for Immune Molecules in Brain Development and Disease

Event was held May 8, 2015 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

A. Kimberley McAllister, PhD

Associate Professor, Center for Neuroscience, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, College of Biological Sciences, University of California Davis, Davis, California

Dysregulation of Ion Channels in Various Disease Processes

Event was held May 15, 2015 at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

Geoffrey Pitt, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Neurobiology, Pharmacology, and Cancer Biology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina